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Morning watch 3-26-15

March 26th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a warm morning with a temperature of 41(F) 5(C) very dark and overcast with rain showers on and off

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I arrived downtown before 7am today before sunrise so it was pretty dark out still. I spotted a falcon on the south corner top I-beam of OCSR-couldn’t say for sure who it was but I believe it was Beauty. I could hear Dot.ca (DC) chirping and then the OCSR bird was gone. I then spotted Beauty under the northeast wing of Times Square (TSB) and at that time Donna reported that DC had been in the nest box. Thanks!

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Next thing I knew DC flew in and mated with Beauty under the wing and then he flew to the northwest wing ring.

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A minute later the Beautyful one flew down to the nest box and DC flew down to the northeast wing ledge after slipping off the ring. He started plucking feathers from prey that I have to assume was already there because he didn’t catch anything on the way down.

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Beauty started whining and DC chirped once before flying down to the deck to give his food gift to Beauty but she didn’t come out to get it. It may have something to do with her current condition as I suspect she has an egg aboard. When she didn’t accept his food gift he left and first stopped on the north side of TSB then over to the northwest corner of Widows Walk (WW).

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I believe DC cached the food on WW as he didn’t take it with him when he left right after I arrived on Fitzhugh St.

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I drove around to Broad St. and spotted DC on the Mercury money bag (MMB). I pulled over by the Blue Cross Arena to watch him do some posing

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At 7:49am DC flew southeast-I drove up on the bridge and made a U-turn so I was facing Times Square and then I spotted Beauty on the base of Mercury.

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At 8:12am DC came flying in chirping and Beauty flew over to meet him at the nest box. Beauty stayed-DC flew to the heel of Mercury staying a short time then he was off to the northwest wing ring of TSB. He sure keeps me busy lately! :)

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At 8:24am DC flew northwest and I had to go run an errand at that time.

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When I returned around 10am I found DC on the top I-beam south corner of OCSR from Exchange and Plymouth. I drove to the BSB where I spotted Beauty on the base of Mercury eating.

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A crow was flying past Mercury and DC felt that it was too close to his Beauty, so he chased after it and dove on it over the stairs on Broad St. that go down into the hole-we call it Falcon Watcher Central, as it’s a good spot to watch the nest box. DC left the area and so did I as I went home to find just 99 on Seneca Towers’ north end on the top window ledge.

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It was raining pretty good at that time and he seemed settled so I waited about 10 minutes to see if Billie popped up. She didn’t so I ended my watch at 11:05am. This afternoon Pat reported seeing DC on the top I-beam west corner and Beauty on the second I-beam south corner of OCSR. She noted that Beauty had a full crop and that made me smile! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

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Morning watch 3-25-15

March 25th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was 24(F) -4(C) with sunny, blue skies and a busy breeze

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I found Dot.ca (DC) on the east side of the Kodak Office cupola to start my watch at 7:05am after checking everywhere else in downtown Rochester. He spotted something as he walked toward the south on the cupola before flying south toward Times Square (TSB) at 7:11am.

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As I made my way through traffic I received a tweet from Donna reporting that DC was at the nest briefly and then left before I got there. Thanks D! I spotted Beauty under the northwest wing with her back to me when I arrived in the hole. I drove to Irving Place behind TSB where I could see the front of her.

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The Beautyful one preened a little as the wind rustled up her feathers and at 7:38am she flew to the front of the building and I assumed she went to the nest box judging on her flight. Both Donna and CarolP confirmed it so I decided to go looking for DC since the cam watchers could keep track of Beauty. On her way to work, watcher Pat reported seeing Billie and 99 as she passed Seneca Towers and when she was walking from the bus station saw Beauty fly from the northwest wing of TSB and go to the nest box.

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Carol reported that Beauty left the nest at 7:48am. Thank you cam watchers! As I was pulled over on the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) I spotted who, judging by size, I thought was Beauty under the northwest wing. I left to check it out but she was gone when I got to the Broad St. bridge (BSB). I did however notice his whiteness, DC on the west corner top I-beam of OCSR around 8:15am.

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DC left and a few minutes later I spotted Beauty nibbling on something on the northeast corner of the Crossroads building. I went down to Graves St. for a closer look but I couldn’t see her from there so I ended up on the ASB where I landed just in time to catch DC fly in and mate with Beauty.

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I got the last of it on tape as DC flew off and a minute later Beauty flew across the way to the west corner top I-beam of OCSR.

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I thought Beauty had flown off but she just went around the corner to the north side and blended in well with her back to me. After I located her I saw DC was now up on the northeast corner of Crossroads and he too was nibbling on something. He flew over to the north corner top I-beam of OCSR with a tiny tidbit and swallowed it down.

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I believe they were eating cached food that was up on Crossroads. DC did the same thing as Beauty at the other end of the I-beam by walking around the corner and partially showed his back.

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While I was tweeting DC left the building, since Beauty seemed all tucked in I opted to go look for DC. I found DC on the southwest wing ring at the tippy top of Times Square at 9am. I parked on Exchange Blvd. in front of the Blue Cross Arena to watch him. He was in hunt mode and a soon he flew off to the east.

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I had to get going and ended my watch at 9:10am. Also this morning, BrianH reported seeing a falcon on the northwest corner of Seneca Towers as he passed by. As I was writing this report I caught a glimpse of a falcon fly past my window on the 16th floor of Seneca Towers. That’ll do it for today’s watch report-so much to make me smile! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/WIVq6eM5U0c

http://youtu.be/6k5zK3RIhcE

http://youtu.be/-CwUgsnw138

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Morning watch 3-24-15

March 24th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

A very cold spring morning with a temperature of 15(F) -9(C) and sunny blue skies

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As I arrived on the Broad St. Bridge I spotted Beauty on the deck and Dot.ca (DC) under the northeast wing of Times Square (TSB). I drove down to the hole parking on Bank Place but Beauty was no longer on the deck-I figured she went in the nest box since I didn’t see her on any of the buildings.

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At 7:12am DC flew north so I decided to go up on the bridge where I could see if she was in the nest box. She was not and after I tweeted it out I received a tweet from CarolP confirming that Beauty had been in the box but had left. TY So while I was watching DC, Beauty pulled a fast one on me and left-that’s probably why DC left as well. I went north and found him on the northeast corner of the Kodak Office (KO) launchpad.

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At 7:23am DC took off to the east in a big hurry-I figured he was after a prey bird.

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I made a couple trips around downtown in search of Beauty and DC and as I made my way back from the east side I spotted Beauty under the northeast wing of TSB with her back to me. I went down to Bank Place where I was able to see DC on a north side ledge at the back of TSB with food just before 8am. So, our dapper little DC had caught breakfast and the Beautyful one was waiting on her food gift.

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Beauty started whining as DC was eating and he stopped after a few seconds and stood at attention. At 8:01am DC flew off to the deck with Beauty right on his tail feathers. He landed first, then she landed, grabbed the food and left, taking it to the base of Mercury. DC stood there bewildered looking as it happened so fast the cameras didn’t even pick it up. Beauty was hungry!!

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DC flew off to the northeast less than a minute later to watch his mate eat her food gift. I had to reposition myself in the hole to see where DC had gone and see Beauty too. She made short work of her meager meal and flew off to OCSR at 8:16am and landed on the 3rd I-beam near the elevator shaft to do some feaking and rousing before flying off.

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Beauty flew past DC, who flew off right after her and they headed northwest out of view. I found DC back on the northeast corner of the Kodak Office launchpad once again at 8:30am.

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I left him to go look for Billie and 99 at Seneca Towers. I spotted big girl Billie on the northwest corner eating from St.Paul St.

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I drove to the Northridge Church driveway as it was the only place I could get in there-they had the other entrances coned off. From there I could see 99 was on his top window ledge spot and he was watching his mate eat over on the corner.

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Around 8:50am Billie stopped eating walked down the north end of the roof with a piece of food in her beak then she placed it on the other side of the railing and walked back before going in on the roof to retrieve her small package then fly up to the west side railing and back around to the northwest corner again. She is a busy girl!

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99 had turned his back to me during all this time but when Billie finished eating for good he flew over to her and gave me the impression that he wanted to mate. Billie was not receptive to him and didn’t lift her tail so he went back to his window ledge.

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99 flew out over the river headed west and never looked back. I drove around to Seth Green Drive to look at Billie before wrapping up my watch at 9:30am.

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I saw all 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons on watch today and headed up to my 16th floor apartment at Seneca Towers smiling! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/d6P-tRb7vac

http://youtu.be/fGN6Pf1KyoY

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http://youtu.be/uXwAnzyCwSA


Morning watch 3-23-15

March 23rd, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Had a nice sunny morning watch with blue skies and a temperature of 20(F) -7(C)

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I arrived downtown about 7am and found Beauty on the Wilder green strip (WGS) with her back to me. A couple minutes later I could hear the distinctive chirping sound of Dot.ca (DC) but I couldn’t see him because he was on the deck and the Philipone building was blocking my view. The reason I knew he was there was because my friend Donna texted that information and I thank her for it. Next, DC flew across to the WGS, landing on the other side of the fire escape ladder from which his mate Beauty was perched. DC had a dark feathered bird which I believe was a Red-winged Blackbird, and he promptly started plucking the feathers from it to prepare it for his and the Beautyful one’s breakfast.

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Beauty did some preening and a little whining on and off while DC worked her food gift grabbing quite a few bites for himself.

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At 7:30am, after DC had his fill he chirped a couple times, picked up the remnants and flew over to Beauty where there was lots of discussion and a tug of war ensued-including DC almost falling off the ledge, until Beauty finally wrestled it away from him and flew off. Falcon games! Ha!!!

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I watched DC walk down the strip to the southwest corner and then Beauty flew to the southeast corner to have a tasty treat. img_0047-beauty-left-with-his-food-gift img_0049-she-looks-eggy img_0051-location-shot

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Beauty took her time, where DC eats like he never saw food before-he does love his food!

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Beauty finished eating, feaked a few times, picked bits of food off her talons and flew off at 7:49am toward the Times Square building. I thought maybe she went to the nest box but I couldn’t say for sure since the Philipone building was blocking my view. A few minutes later she flew to the WGS on the same side of the fire escape ladder as DC and this is how I left them.

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I went home to Seneca Towers and found there to be no falcons there so being that it was so sunny and nice I decided to go check on the Seneca Park water birds. There was quite a bit of open water on the pond so they are able to spread out. I believe the African Goose lost its mate for this is the second time I’ve not seen it. The remaining African Goose was up on the shore and had lots to say to me when I first pulled over to say hi.

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So that’s how I ended my watch at 8:35am. This afternoon Donna reported that there was a food exchange at the nest downtown and around 3:10pm I spotted a falcon fly past my window coming from the north, flying out over trees and making a U-turn to head southeast toward the roof. I went out to the west (river side) balcony on my 16th floor of Seneca Towers to find Billie on the west side railing 6 floors above me.

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That’s all she wrote folks-smile and the world smiles with ya! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/Y9dVvOwBbkE

http://youtu.be/D_GD8HkHG9Y

http://youtu.be/xerY1GwRkCQ

http://youtu.be/hSjiEJLn_hw






Sunday Falcon Watch Plus A Pigott and George Bonus! 3/22/15

March 22nd, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

11:30 am - 3:00 pm

It’s Spring only on the calendar I’m afraid.  It snowed overnight and this morning.  Not much, only about an inch, but that combined with the frigid air reminded us that Winter weather was still hanging on.

I made my Sunday Falcon rounds.

Kodak Park West - No Falcons

BS - Pigott’s old territory. - No Falcons

Downtown I first found Beauty on the Wilder Building green strip.  Thankfully the sun was out and she was enjoying its warm.

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I could not find Dot.ca, so I made my way down to Aqueduct St (aka “the hole”) and found a spot where I could watch Beauty and also see the nest box, and OCSR.  Beauty walked down the green ledge and stopped just short of the fire escape ladder. Then she spread her wings and took off, heading northeast over the river.  Being in the hole made it impossible to see where they went once they passed over the buildings.

About 10 minutes later, a falcon flew back towards me from across the river, heading straight for the nest box on the Times Square Bldg and directly into it.  There was a lot of vocalization and at first I thought there must be two falcon in there.  But it was only falcon and his name is Dot.ca.

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Dot.ca flew out of the nest box after a few moments and then up to the south east wing ledge of the Times Square Bldg.

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A quick look around the area and I found Beauty on the top IBeam of OCSR.

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They remained where they were for awhile, that is until Dot.ca spotted something fly through that he needed to escort out.  A pesky Kestrel flew in and and the chase was on.  Dot.ca chased the Kestrel past the OCSR and then they turned, heading north west.  The Kestrel was smaller than Dot.ca and I got a really good view of it this time.  There were no vocalizations by either Beauty or Dot.ca and Beauty never moved from her spot on OCSR.

It wasn’t long before Dot.ca returned, zipped around the Times Square Bldg and then landed on the green strip on the Wilder Bldg.

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I really tried to get a picture of the Dot.ca vs Kestrel chase, but they were way too fast for my old camera.  lol

Sorry I wasn’t able to tweet any of this to the forum while it was happening. My phone died again.  It really is time for a new one.  :(

It was time for me to continue my falcon rounds.  My next stops were the Hawkeye Plant, no falcons there and Seneca Towers where I found one falcon on the ledge above the windows on the south end.  I never was able to positively ID this falcon, but based on size, I believe it was Billie.  I checked all sides of the building, but could only find one falcon.

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My last stop was Russell Station, where I found no falcons.  I ended my Sunday watch after finding 3 of our 4 Rochester Falcons.  All was peaceful and quiet.

Oh, but there’s more!  My friends and fellow watchers Kathy O, Lisa McK and I headed to Syracuse yesterday.  On our way we stopped at Montezuma.  Sadly, most of the roads within the refuge were still closed, impassable due to deep snow.  We did see lots and lots of geese, Canada and Snows coming in to land in the fields.  There wasn’t much open water, so we didn’t see a lot of ducks or other water birds.  One highlight was seeing two Bald Eagles flying together, grasping talons and spiraling into the trees, where we lost sight of them.  That was very cool.  Lots of Great Blue Herons were flying in and this young Red-tail Hawk was intently watching the ground before diving out of the tree to the ground.  We could actually hear the sound s/he made as s/he hit the ground!  Sadly, it was not a successful hunt.  S/he returned to a tree branch to continue the hunt.

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On our way into Syracuse, we stopped to pick up Syracuse Falcon Watcher Susan W.  It was our first time meeting Susan and I was happy that she had been able to join us.  Downtown we found Pigott on the nest box perch.  George arrived and landed above her on the building.  She left the nest box and landed on the Chase Bldg sign and George took her place at the nest box.

During the time we were on watch in Syracuse, it was cold, damp and rained most of the day.  The sun did come out finally just before we had to end our watch.

We saw them tandem hunt the neighborhood pigeons and copulate three times, all on the Chase sign.  It was wonderful to see Pigott with her own territory and mate.  We were all happy to see that all was peaceful and quiet in Pigott & George’s world.

I’ll leave you with some pictures I took while on watch in Syracuse yesterday.  Sorry for the poor quality due to the rain and poor lighting.  Enjoy!

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Pigott and George on Chase Sign -3-21-15George on a Hunt -3-21-15Our Friend Susan W from Syracuse -3-21-15

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Morning watch 3-22-15

March 22nd, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

SNOW was falling throughout my watch at varying degrees and the temperature was 24(F) -4(C)  The snow stopped and the sun came out just minutes after I got home. Ugh!

I arrived downtown in a flurry of lake effect snow and managed to find both Beauty and Dot.ca (DC) on the Wilder green strip (WGS). He was next to the fire escape ladder and she was on the other side of it further down with her back to me.

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Just some info to set up the next chain of events-every Sunday morning from 7-9am a local radio station plays Breakfast with the Beatles (my favorite band) and I listen to it on my MP3 player with my ear buds. So, I was taping Beauty and DC and while I had my camera fixed on DC holding it steady with my knee, I started tweeting out my findings. I glanced up to see that DC was gone so I set the camera on Beauty and finished my tweet. Well, let me just say that they pulled a fast one on old MAK, because later when I reviewed the tape to see what direction DC had flown off to, I could hear the sounds of mating! HAHAHA!!! Joke’s on me! While DC was gone catching breakfast I shared space with the Beautyful one who was closing her eyelids on and off.

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All was quiet with the lovely snow falling around us until about 7:50am when DC came flying through above Beauty kakking. She looked up at him then settled back down. A couple minutes passed and the same thing, DC flew in kakking above us and this time he went over to the second I-beam southeast side of OCSR where he started plucking feathers from prey.

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I watched DC as he prepared his catch, having a few bites for himself and then he flew off with it. I set up my camera so that it was fixed on Beauty so I could get some shots of DC giving her a food gift. I missed the whole exchange because the snow was coming down so hard-all I saw was a flurry of wings flapping through the snow with a lot of vocalizing and then Beauty flew down to the west end of the Wilder building and headed north right down Exchange Blvd. toward State St. and disappeared. DC remained on the green strip for a minute, walking back and forth as if he was looking for something, then he took off.

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I went searching but was unable to find them so I went home to Seneca Towers where I had no luck finding Billie or 99. I ended my watch at 9am after waiting a bit to see if they would show up. I have to admit I got a bit frustrated  on watch this morning, but thinking about Beauty and DC mating right under my nose without me knowing puts a little smile on my face! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

http://youtu.be/JC3tsoYRwoY

http://youtu.be/-r_0AYbnURk

http://youtu.be/JXLuKS4oAMQ

Morning watch 3-21-15

March 21st, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

Overcast and very dark conditions this morning with spotty rain and a temperature of 36(F) 2(C)

Dot.ca (DC) must have stored up energy in that elevator shaft over the winter because he has been non stop action during the courting season. Today was no exception, as I barely got settled in the hole parking lot before DC was ready to court his Beauty. I found Beauty eating on the base of Mercury from up on the Broad St. Bridge. I drove down to the hole parking lot and spotted DC on cam 1 and in less than a minute of arriving he started whining and flew over to the Beautyful one and mated with her on the base of Mercury at 7:10am. The sun wasn’t even up yet!

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From there DC flew behind the Times Square Building (TSB) then ended up under the northeast wing. Beauty remained on the base of Mercury but didn’t eat any more. 5 minutes later DC flew out over the river and Beauty flew to cam 1.

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I spotted DC landing on the southeast wing ring and immediately fly off of it and go to the nest box. Next thing I knew DC was flying to Beauty where a very quick copulation took place on cam 1 just before 7:30am. DC went to the west side railing of Widows Walk, he was gone by the time I reached  Fitzhugh St. for a better look at him. I went up to the bridge to get a front shot of Beauty before leaving to look where DC might have gone.

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I didn’t find DC so I left downtown to check for Billie and 99 at Seneca Towers. However, I got a message from Donna that a food exchange took place downtown and that DC was now on cam 1. Thanks D!! Billie and 99 were in the same places I found them in yesterday-she was on the northwest corner of roof with her back to me and he was on the top window ledge at the north end of the building. There was one difference-Billie wasn’t eating today. Most of the time that I was observing them, 99 was looking at Billie.

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At just a little after 9am 99 took off followed by Billie-they flew past me to my left heading northeast over Irondequoit. They didn’t come back and I ended my watch at 9:20am. I saw all 4 Rochester Peregrine Falcons on watch today which makes me smile every time! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos

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Friday Afternoon Falcon Watch - 1st Day of Spring! - 3/20/15

March 20th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

2:30 - 4:00 pm

Bye bye Winter!  Hello Spring!

The calendar said first day of Spring, but  it sure didn’t feel like Spring when I headed out of work.  Brrrr.  It had been lightly snowing earlier in the day and now it was lightly raining.

My first check was Kodak Park West.  Again no falcons seen there.

Downtown, from in front of Frontier Field, I spotted Dot.ca at the west end of the top IBeam on OCSR.

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From the Broad St Bridge, I could not see Dot.ca because he was around the corner.  Closer to the Times Square Bldg, I could just see the top of his head.  Back on the Broad St Bridge, I could see that Beauty was at the nest box.  The lighting was no where as good as it had been yesterday.

Beauty at the Nest Box -3-20-15

I checked the Rfalconcam Archive when I got home and found out that both Beauty and Dot.ca had been in the nest box before I arrived downtown.  Here are some pictures captured by the Rochester Falcon cameras.

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From Camera #4, here is Beauty’s view of where Dot.ca was located on OCSR.

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I ended my watch just before 4:00 pm.  Both Beauty and Dot.ca were there, but neither of them moved from their spots; Beauty at the nest box and Dot.ca on OCSR.

All was peaceful and quiet.

Except for the Genessee River which was running hard, with lots of large pieces of ice.  No ducks or gulls on the river.

Genesee River Running Hard and Fast -3-20-15

I’ll end my report with tweets sent in by fellow watcher Kathy O, who continued the watch after I left.  I did not see copulation, but Kathy did!  Enjoy the weekend everyone!

6:00 pm - DT falcon report - both Beauty and DC on base of mercury .. DC brought food with him but neither are eating.

6:09 pm - DT falcon report - oh oh oh .. Copulation on base of Mercury .. Made Beauty hungry .. She’s eating now .. DC took off.

6:32 pm - DT falcon report - Dot.ca on TSB on ledge at base of ne wing .. Beauty on base of mercury.

First day of spring morning watch 3-20-15

March 20th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

A dark overcast morning was on tap today with a temperature of 30(F) -1(C)

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As I pulled onto the Broad St. Bridge to start my watch I spotted Beauty on the Mercury money bag (MMB). I drove down to the hole on Bank Place where it meets Aqueduct St. to watch her-it was still a bit dark out as the sun wasn’t scheduled to rise for another 20 minutes. About 10 minutes later she flew off in a blur to the north past OCSR on the river side.

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I went over to Basin St. by the Wilder building as I watched Dot.ca (DC) fly in and land on cam 1 briefly then he went up to the northwest wing ring. DC didn’t stay there very long either before he flew off

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Next thing I saw was DC heading toward Times Square chirping. I just barely caught a glimpse of his wings on the deck going back to the nest box. Beauty was there too, as reported to me by Donna, and I kinda thought the Beautyful one was up there by the vocalizing I heard as DC was on his way. Thanks a lot D! DC flew out and across to the MMB for about 5 minutes then he took off to the southwest. He’s a busy boy these days!

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I spotted Beauty from Bank Place so I pulled over there to watch her. She was trying to bring up a pellet on and off and she did manage to get a piece out.

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Beauty stayed there until 8:05am then she spotted DC and flew toward Times Square (TSB). I drove around to Basin St. where I could see DC under the northeast wing feaking, then I saw Beauty flying over the Wilder building. It was obvious that DC had given beauty a food gift as I next saw her eating on the base of Mercury.

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Beauty barely got finished eating when DC came flying in to mate with her and then he flew over to cam 1 and started chirping.

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This is how I left them at 8:30am to go home and check for Billie and 99. As I pulled over on St. Paul St. just past Seth Green Dr. to look at the west and south sides I spotted Billie up on the northwest corner eating. I continued on to the parking lot of Northridge Church where I can see the north and east sides. From there I could see 99 on the top window ledge and he too was eating.

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99 finished eating within a couple minutes but Buffalo Billie still had more to eat. At 8:54am 99 flew out and over to Billie-he hovered a bit wanting to mate with her but she wouldn’t raise her tail, but oh no, she wasn’t having any of that when there was still food to be eaten. She needs to have a talk with Beauty as I witnessed her eating straight through copulation with DC once. Anyway, 99 landed a few feet away from Billie as she finished up her meal and then he flew back over to the top window ledge.

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Billie finally got her crop filled and started feaking as she worked her way toward 99. He kept an eye on her as she got closer and when she was done cleaning herself up she stayed perched as 99 started preening.

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The way 99 was looking at her I thought he might try to mate again but when he started preening I knew the moment was lost. I left them with 99 preening on his window ledge and Billie on the roof a few feet away from him with her back to me at 9:30am. Another successful watch in which I saw all 4 of our beloved Rochester Peregrine Falcons thus sending me on my way smiling! :)

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Thursday Afternoon Falcon Watch - 3/19/15

March 19th, 2015

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

2:30 to 5:00 pm

After a hard day’s  work, it was wonderful to get out for a little falcon watching.  The sun was shining and the sky was blue, with a chill in the air.  This was the last day of Winter.  Woohoo!  Spring will be here tomorrow!

A quick check at KPW before I headed downtown.  No falcons seen there.  But, I am seeing a lot more white wash below the lower catwalk on the east stack.  I have to wonder if a falcon is roosting there overnight.  It’s too dark in the morning for me to get a good look before I head into work.  I’ll definitely keep checking that area.

When I arrived downtown, I parked on the Broad St Bridge.  This was my view.

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There was a falcon on the nest box platform when I first arrived, but it was gone before I could get a picture.  Cam Watcher Donna texted that Dot.ca had been in the nest box and Beauty on the platform when I first arrived.

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Dot.ca was now on the OCSR Bldg, south side top Ibeam.  I could not find Beauty at first.

Dot.ca on OCSR 3-19-15

It would be Dot.ca who showed me where Beauty was.  He took off and flew over the Mercury statue.

Dot.ca Flies by Mercury -3-19-15

He circled back and came in for a landing on Mercury’s foot.  Wait a minute!  Something was already on Mercury’s foot.  It was Beauty!  They copulated….

Beauty and Dot.ca Copulate on Mercury's Foot -3-19-15

and Dot.ca took off, again landing on the top Ibeam of the OCSR.

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Beauty remained on Mercury’s foot.

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Beauty took off and flew up to the nest box, landing on the corner of the platform.

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After awhile, I lost sight of her and asked (through a tweet) if Beauty might be in the nest box.  Three cam watchers answered! Thanks Lisa, Donna and Pat!  I so appreciate the help of my fellow watchers when I’m downtown watching.  :)

Beauty flew out of the nest box and landed on the other side of the base of the Mercury statue, where I couldn’t see her from the Broad St Bridge.  I moved my car up to “falcon watch central” for a better view of Beauty.  From my position on Broad St, just above Aqueduct St., I had a nice view of Beauty on Mercury and Dot.ca on the top IBeam of OCSR.  This was my view.

View from Falcon Watch Central -3-19-15

I spotted fellow falcon watcher Pat and we chatted for a few moments.

Dot.ca on OCSR.

Dot.ca on OCSR 3-19-15

Beauty on the base of Mercury.

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This is where I left Beauty and Dot.ca when I ended my watch a little after 5:00 pm.  Another peaceful and quiet watch!

American Beauty -3-19-15


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